Christy Paulson receives VESTA award for second year

Christy Paulson, Fort Ripley, was recently awarded the Elmer Swenson Scholarship at the recent Cold Climate Conference banquet for the second year in a row

Paulson attends the Central Lakes College (CLC) and is enrolled  in the Viticulture (grape growing) Enology (wine chemistry) Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) program.

The beginning of a vineyard has been started and is being nurtured in the home of Christy and Matt Paulson, Fort Ripley. The cuttings in the picture with Christy are Frontenac Blanc grapes vines. The Frontenac Blanc grape is used in white wines.

The beginning of a vineyard has been started and is being nurtured in the home of Christy and Matt Paulson, Fort Ripley. The cuttings in the picture with Christy are Frontenac Blanc grapes vines. The Frontenac Blanc grape is used in white wines.

The Minnesota Grape Growers Association established the $1,000 scholarship to honor Swenson’s legacy as a citizen scientist and the father of cold climate viticulture.

Paulson and husband Matt, a CLC horticulture student have an organic farm near Fort Ripley. They have two  children, Jennayea, 12, and Oliver, 4.

At their farm “Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables,”  the Paulsons are in the process of clearing 2 1/2 acres for a future vineyard. When all the preparations have been completed, Paulson plans to plant King of the North (table grape), Marquette (red wine grape) and Frontenac Blanc (white wine grape).

See more in Liz Verley’s Morrison County Record story.

 

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